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This Day in Georgia History

December 21, 1872

Ambrose Ransom Wright Died

Georgia Congressman-elect and former Confederate major general Ambrose Ransom “Ranse” Wright died in Augusta, Georgia. Born April 26, 1826 in Louisville, Georgia, Wright became a lawyer. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the 3rd Georgia, serving as a colonel in campaigns in North Carolina and Georgia. In June 1862, Wright was promoted to brigadier general, and he subsequently commanded brigades at Seven Days, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. In Nov. 1864, Wright was promoted to major general and ordered to return to Georgia. After the war, he returned to the practice of law, also becoming a newspaper publisher. In 1872, Wright was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives but died before he could take his seat. Following his death, Wright was interred in Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia.